Amid Donald Trump trying desperately throughout the White House Egg Roll to turn the focus back towards himself, a notable White House tradition appears to have been abandoned.
On a day that is intended to focus on small children, President Trump still felt the need to gain the attention of those attending the Easter Egg Roll at the White House this year. Children searched for Easter eggs and appeared to be having a nice time. It wasn’t until after the event had wrapped up that people began to notice just how white the children attending the White House Egg Roll were. There were many children in attendance, but they were predominantly white and noticeably lacking diversity.
Many people, including this social media user, noticed the flub:
#EasterEggRoll The White took “White House Easter Egg Roll literally. No military or DC public school children = staffers’ kids=WHITE kids.
— A2Mamman (@A2Mamman) April 17, 2017
The reason for the lack of diversity is simple, Donald and Melania Trump chose not to follow tradition by not inviting the local D.C. public school children that normally attend the White House Egg Roll.
According to Linda Erdos, Assistant Superintendent for the D.C. Arlington Public School District:
‘We never received any information for an invitation or anything this year, which we had in previous years. We realized about a week ago that nothing had come through this year, and we just assumed that it was a different administration doing things differently this year.’
Principal of Washington Union Charter School, Maquita Alexander, said that no charter schools in the DC area, including hers, received invitations.
‘I haven’t heard of anybody going this year, we certainly haven’t gotten an invitation at this school.’
This is just another painfully sad sign of the times.
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